Writing Wednesday: Will He Ever Write?

Last week’s goals:

Made my three blog postings, but another total fail commenting on the blogs of others (the continuing absurdity of dealing with our house repairs took up all my bandwidth. Hopefully we’ll be home before Thanksgiving.)

Cats of War II is wrapping up it’s preorder campaign. Its release date is November 22nd (just two days!), and the paperback is ready, too (but there won’t be a link until release day.)

“Calling Down Lightning” had its final revision and is out to market – so that’s three stories floating around in search of a publisher for now.

I logged a pitiful 156 words of fiction for the week.  I still have two stories to finish this year, and I haven’t started either. More below the asterisks…


Every time I relate that I have missed on my goals, citing LIFE issues (like the house repairs) I feel like a fake and a failure. After all, I keep touting how a writer must MAKE themselves write, no matter what the circumstances. To then admit that SOMETIMES IT ISN’T THAT EASY is a hard thing for me.

I am not Immortal. I am not Superman. But I still try…

So, I’ve been struggling with coming up with this year’s last two stories. I had settled on doing at least one more in the Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series. This was because I had already spent time re-familiarizing myself with Herc Tom while I was prepping the latest collection (which releases in two days), but also because I thought I had kept notes of where I was thinking his tail would go next.

I will never be as organized as I dream that I am, sometimes. I have no notes for a future story, and to be honest, if I did they probably wouldn’t feel as IMMEDIATE or INTERESTING anymore, being from the end of last year (ideas need to be pursued when they’re fresh and vital, or they get stale and spoil.)

I didn’t have any particular idea in mind, so I listed out the series’ main characters and started noting where each one is and what they might be doing. And as I did that, possibilities for a story began to emerge. I’m starting to see what Herc Tom might find himself in, and where the Lynx, the Admiral, Mack, Emperor Octavio, and the rest will fit in. Even Chief Inspector Barnes of the IIA…

Of course, it does no good to have ideas if the words don’t start flowing soon. Just saying…


My next release will be a collection of stories 4-7 of my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series. Here’s the blurb for the collection:CatsOfWar_IIa_Cover

Hercules Tom is a popular cat; Minister Tong, Inga Quin, the Rotter Dame, Empress Isabella, Lord Phylo and his Canine Armada – they all want a piece of him. See how our hero saves the Empire at least three more times in this collection of Herc Tom Champion of the Empire stories 4-7. Includes the stories “Baastard’s Revenge,” “Imperial Purrogative,” “Cats Out of the Bag,” and “Reining Cats and Dogs.”

These tales follow the stories “Purr Mission,” “Nipped in the Butt,” and “Cat and Mouse,” which can be found in the collection Cats of War I.

The release date for Cats of War II  is November 22nd, but the collection is available for preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/988666

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZS5TCNN


CatsOfWar_I_CoverYou might want to read about Herc Tom’s earlier adventures to be ready for Cats of War II. – these are also available in a collection (strangely called Cats of War I.) There is a coupon available for the next ten people who purchase Cats of War I on Smashwords – use coupon code MZ95U to receive a 67% discount – that’s only 99-cents for three Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire stories – such a deal!):

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/588921


Swordsmaster – my first novel (which only took me forty-some years to write) is ready Swordsmaster4for reading.

Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

Swordsmaster is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/954501

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNK79FM

(there is also a paperback on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1691904910


William Mangieri’s writing can be found in many places, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri

• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMang

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